Nyasha Matonhodze dressing for evening sinuous, floor weeping silhouettes and strappy flat sandals
Photograpbed by Norman Jean Roy

At five feet eleven, model Nyasha Matonhodze hardly need to rely on heels to elevate her look. Which is why today’s approach to dressing for evening sinuous, floor sweeping silhouettes and strappy flat sandals, for which Michael Kors made a convincing case for resort. is a relaxed route to elegance she plans to take.

“My grandmother back in Zimbabwe tells me to dress like a woman,” says Matonhodze. She moved from Harare, where there’s a cultural respect for traditional femininity, to Northampton, England, with her family nine years ago.

“This dress brings out my sophisticated side–I know she’d approve!”

She’s certainly found a favor with the fashion industry. In less than a year, has landed fall campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Topshop and logged and exhilarating number of spring runway miles (46 shows, including Balenciaga, Givenchy, Lanvin, and Altuzarra).

It’s easy to pinpoint her appeal. Captured here in a graceful recline, Matonhodze cuts a striking figure reminiscent of a disco era Mounia. The ravishing model-muse to Yves Saint Laurent, who might have lounged in such a way at Café de Flore in the seventies.

But for all her poise, Matonhodze is still a teenager who listens to Adele and Jill Scott on her iPod and likes shooting hoops in her downtime.

She shies away from the nightclub scene, preferring intimate dinners with friends. “This dress would be perfect for the holidays,” she says.

“What I put on doesn’t have to be expensive–it just has to look it!”

Nyasha Matonhodze is a Zimbabwean model that made her debut in London when she walked the runway for Johnathan Saunders, Louis Gray Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Emanuel Ungaro.

Nyasha Matonhodze is signed with Elite Stockholm, Munich Models Munich, Model Management Hamburg, Elite Copenhagen, Elite Barcelona, Elite London, Elite Milan, elite Paris and Marilyn Agency New York.

© Esther Adams @ Vogue Magazine December 2011

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